Career outlook for geneticist
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would do scientific research to understand and treat diseases in people, animals and plants.
Genes contain the information that controls a living organism’s appearance, how it survives and how it behaves in its environment.
You’d use this information to make discoveries in a wide range of fields from medicine to agriculture, making discovering that improve health and wellbeing or help tackle climate change. You could work in research, teaching, industry or the NHS.
Depending where you work you might:
- Develop crops that are resistant to disease and drought
- Find the genes that cause disease in people, animals and plants
- Chart animal populations and conserve wildlife
- Research and develop new drugs and gene therapies
- Apply genetics to archaeology to study past populations and individuals
- Diagnose genetic diseases and trace their histories within families
- Teach genetics at a university
- Use laboratory techniques and experiments to analyse samples of genetic tissue
- Record and interpret the results of experiments and tests
- Use data and statistics to develop computer models of genes
- Write reports for other professionals
- Report and publish your findings in scientific papers
- Supervise, train and mentor other laboratory staff
If you teach at a university you’d give lectures and supervise students.
If you work in the bioinformatics field you’d use computers to analyse information and model genes digitally.
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